Cupar politics

Cupar is a nice middle-class town in Fife. It is in the constituency of North East Fife (previously East Fife). Prior to the 2015 election it swung from Conservative/Unionist to Liberal/Liberal Democrat over periods lasting decades. It was actually the constituency of the early 20th century Liberal prime minster Herbert Asquith and of the recent Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell. Then it all changed.

Conservative Club
Liberal Democrats
SNP North East Fife Centre

Victoria Line motifs

One of things I love about the London Underground is its visual identity which is all over the place. It’s so quirky because the lines all developed in different ways with different origins. The Victoria Line was built after the system was nationalised. Anyway, it was decided that all the stations should have their own tiled motifs set in the bench recesses. Here are a few of them.
Blackhorse Road tiles
Seven Sisters tiles
Highbury & Islington tiles
Warren Street tiles

Blackmail (1929)

I watched the sound version and the silent version ages ago and enjoyed them both. I preferred Anny Ondra when she was silent because the dubbing is all wrong. Joan Barry was far too posh. The knife scene works well both ways but I have to say the sound version is very clever. Hitchcock has turned into Hitchcock.

I love the glimpses of London in the twenties we get particularly those seen during Alice’s walk of misery after the murder.

Appearance by a cat or dog: none
Transport: motor vehicles
Source: The Early Hitchcock Collection (Optimum Releasing)/Erpressung (Arthaus)

The Freshman

Wow, rather like Buffy being a freshman, that was awkward. Getting back into the Buffyverse wasn’t as smooth as I assumed it would be. Being re-immersed in a pop/culture world where Buffy references Dada and Xander knows about the Renaissance but Buffy doesn’t is a bit of a shock. It’s very stylised and arch, and a bit irritating.

That said, I am looking forward to getting back into it because there are some crackers coming up by anybody’s standards. I love, love, love several episodes of season 4.

Random notes: I remember liking Sunday more; Klimt versus Monet still funny; Willow has nice hair; would a lecturer be that mean?; when will I ever not wince at the word “bitch”?; the location for UC☼D is lovely; watching it 16:9 with a technical eye does expose framing issues.

The Manxman (1929)

I’m not a fan of romantic films and I generally don’t care a wit for love triangles and if the points of the triangle are as desperately dull as they are in this, I definitely don’t care.

I’m struggling to find reasons to like this or moments of genius because of the director but I’m failing. Sorry, Alfred, but this is down around position 52.

I concede this sequence looked great

Appearance by a cat or dog: one dog
Transport: fishing boats
Source: The Early Hitchcock Collection (Optimum Releasing)

Hanwells of Hanwell Rolls Royce & Bentley Specialists

Hanwells of Hanwell

For as long as I can remember, this showroom has been selling secondhand luxury cars on the Uxbridge Road in Hanwell.

[Update] A recent revelation via the Twitter account @EalingCinema is that the building was once a cinema called the Coronation Hall Picture Palace, a rather grandiose name, I feel. Here it is on a map from 1914, and you can also see the Grand Electric Theatre (latterly the Tudor) on Cherington Road.

Hanwell cinemas (Middlesex XV.11 Revised 1912 Published 1914)

I have also found the listings for them in Kelly’s Directory of Middlesex, 1914.

Kelly's Directory 1914

(This post was first published in January.)

Champagne (1928)

This was silly but reasonably entertaining. For some reason, Gordon Harker playing a Wall Street businessman seems particularly daft but that’s silent films for you. I’ve seen this twice and I can’t remember much of the storyline. Says it all really.

Appearance by a cat or dog: none

Transport: a “ship”; a “plane”; a boat; a train

Source: The Early Hitchcock Collection (Optimum Releasing)

Hanwell war memorial

I’ve always wondered why Hanwell doesn’t have a war memorial. I guess it is something to do with the Hanwell Urban District Council being small and then being absorbed into Ealing Council in 1926. I wonder if the Ealing war memorial does include Hanwell war dead. I think I have written myself into a project.

Anyway, there is a memorial to the boy scouts of Hanwell who fell in both wars. It and the surrounding trees are in Churchfields Recreation Ground near the Wharncliffe Viaduct.

Boy Scouts Memorial